Thank you to Bogdan, Elizabeth, Stefan, and Helen. I guess the priest was telling me something by not affixing the proper seal to my grandparents marriage document!
I would love to have seen the TV Polonia show that Bogdan mentioned in his post. I have seen a similar show here which was from the Jewish standpoint and very touching.
Hearing the story of Elizabeth's visit to her mother's osada gave me hope. It's feasible that either the church or my grandfather's mill are still standing in Hallerczyn. I know that my grandparents first house in Sassow still stands as well, but this was not in an osada. I can't help but think of that famous quote when describing our ancestral Kresy, and that is, "You can't go home again." Since the majority of us have never been there though, it is a little different for us.
How can we be certain that all osada were destroyed? Has there ever been an expedition to Kresy by any group, government or otherwise, to assess and document the damage to ALL osada? I hope with all the talk of land compensation now, Poland has already begun or will begin this shortly?
I can't help but draw similar parallels between the destruction of osada and my own quest for family history throughout the years, which, I am happy to say, turned out to be false and untrue so far. It seems to me that Soviet/Nazi/Communist propaganda continues to have some type of hold on many Poles of all ages throughout the world, which, considering what Poland suffered during the War, is understandable.